I've been neglecting DOTR far too long – so tonight's piece is a review of Gen Richards' speech delivered yesterday:
If one equips more for the type of conflict we are actually having to fight, while significantly reducing investment in higher-end war-fighting capability, suddenly one can buy an impressive amount of "kit". So says General Sir David Richards, speaking to the IISS yesterday. He adds: "One can buy a lot of UAVs or Tucano aircraft for the cost of a few JSF and heavy tanks."
If I had a mind, I could link to all the pieces written on DOTR, which said the same thing, going back many years – but try this, written in March 2007 and then again in April 2009 - when we specifically mentioned Tucanos, for the umpteenth time.
More on Defence of the Realm for those that are interested.